Sunday, November 21, 2010

Primer Showdown: Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel Vs Loreal Studio Secrets

I've had a few weeks to evaluate these two primers from the last sgdrugstore haul so here's the verdict. The plan was to do this evaluation at the end of October so sorry for the delay.

First up some details about each product.

Loreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base
Ingredients: G788656, cyclohexasiloxane, dimethicone, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, silica, acrylates copolymer, disodium stearoyl glutamate, aluminium hydroxide, (may contain CI77891 titanium dioxide, CI77491 iron oxides)
Price: US $10.36 (RM50.04 spree)
Content: 0.5 fl oz (15ml)

Back of Box

Side of box

Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel
Ingredients: Dimethicone (1.2%), inactive ingredients - cyclopentasiloxane, dimethicone, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, silica, tocopheryl acetate, trisiloxane.
Price: US$ 7.99 (RM33.79 spree)
Content: 1.5 oz (42g)

I was a little skeptical about the usage of Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel as a makeup primer because as we all know that that is not its intended use. Somehow makeup artists and beauty bloggers found out that the ingredients are exactly the same as the Smashbox face primer, but so much cheaper and as such a dupe is born. I do not have experience with Smashbox primers so am unable to offer any sort of comparison but Connie of Skin Deco recently did a great post about this, so check it out for more information.

The Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel is as it's name suggests a gel and is easily squeezed out of the tube. Not much product is needed for a full face application.

For the Loreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base it needs to be scooped out with fingers or with the use of a spatula - like the one that came with the Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch.

Comparison out of tube/pot
L: Monistat, R: Loreal

I did plan on doing a real world test section showing comparison on the face between the primers but it was not noticeable in the pictures so we shall have to skip that.

My favorite out of the two is the Loreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base. It has a nice creamy-mousse texture which is very similar to Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch. It is not as thick or fills in lines as Clarins but it feels pretty much the same on the skin. It goes on smooth, feels great and has no discernable scent. It is also about half the price of Clarins (approx RM100 and price keeps increasing).

Although if you're looking for the effect as a primer the Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel wins hands down. Post makeup application it just looks fresh somehow. It is extremely cheap at 1/3rd the price of the Smashbox equivalent. A tube will last ages as not much is needed for one application.

Unfortunately I cannot overlook how it makes my skin feel. It's as if I have a mask on and it leaves a strange oily feeling on the face - but not actual oiliness on skin (so weird). I'm not a fan of feeling layers on my skin as if it does not belong on my face. Perhaps my skin doesn't breathe so well with it on.

Both seem to last for the day and are good bases to help with makeup application. Do keep in mind that my skin is not very oily so these possibly have not been tested to their limits.

Tip - For the Monistat gel, please give your brow area a wide berth. For my brows I use the Shu Uemura Hard 9 brow pencil where the color only comes out against hair/brows, and it was a little tough to get them done.

Products were purchased from through sgdrugstore spree.


nicole said...

Hmm.. never know loreal have primers as well. But im in love with the chafing gel so much :p It does leave a layer on top of my skin as well. but after months using it, I dont feel that way anymore. weird.. :p

AnnaYJia said...

I always wanted to try the Loreal Studio Secrets Magic Perfecting Base as I heard a lot of good reviews on it ! Sadly malaysia Loreal doesn't carries that product T_T

shuaddict said...

@nicole - I'm still experimenting with it, it has gotten better with less product. True maybe will get used to it eventually.

@annayjia - They should eventually bring it in (hopefully).

Anonymous said...

You should try Lanacane anti-chafing gel - it is almost identical to Monistat anti-chafing gel but without the silica. The silica in the Monistat gel might be why it feels heavy on your face.